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The Edge

  • Documentary
  • Sport
  • 2019
  • Barney Douglas
  • 94 mins
  • 15

Summary

Documentary about England's Test cricket team between 2009 and 2013, the first and only English side to ever reach the top of the world rankings. Featuring contributions from Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen, Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Monty Panesar, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott, Matt Prior, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Steven Finn, Tim Bresnan, David Saker and Andy Flower.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Documentarist Barney Douglas's debut feature Warriors (2015) revealed the sheer joy with which a group of Kenyan Maasai approach cricket. However, in his second cricket-related film he takes a considered insider insight into the highs and lows of professional sport by focusing on the intense pressure involved in representing England at Test level. Covering the years in which England rose from seventh to top the world rankings for the first time in 2011, this account of Zimbabwean Andy Flower's tenure as coach is full of dressing-room banter from the likes of irrepressible spinner Graeme Swann and paceman James Anderson. But, while Douglas makes splendid use of off-field tour footage and images of a pre-Ashes extreme training camp in Bavaria, he tempers the chronicle of the team's relentless rise with troubling revelations from skipper Andrew Strauss, bowler Steve Finn and South African imports Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior and Jonathan Trott about the strain players feel both out in the middle and in the media spotlight. The pacing and emphasis are a bit wayward in places, but this serves as an eye-opening reminder that cricket is much more than just a game.

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Credits

Cast

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Kevin PietersenKevin Pietersen
Andrew StraussAndrew Strauss
Alastair CookAlastair Cook
Graeme SwannGraeme Swann
Monty PanesarMonty Panesar
Stuart BroadStuart Broad
Matt PriorMatt Prior
James AndersonJames Anderson
Andrew FlowerAndrew Flower
Ian BellIan Bell
Jonathan TrottJonathan Trott
Monty PanesarMonty Panesar
Paul CollingwoodPaul Collingwood

Crew

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DirectorBarney Douglas

Details

Released on
2019-07-19
Language
English
Guidance
Swearing
Formats
Colour
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